About Tastes by Jade

My name is Sarah Jade and I am the writer and photographer behind the recipes, stories, and (most of) the photos you see on this website.

You may be here because you’ve clicked on one of my blog posts on parenthood. Or you got some inspiration in the kitchen from one of my vegetarian, family-friendly recipes. I also create travel guides, and occasionally write reviews of delicious restaurants in Toronto.

Whatever brought you here, I hope that the material I put out sparks inspiration, curiosity, or a critical question in you.

Who I Am

Born in the 80s in less-than-ideal circumstance, I was raised in Mississauga by my mom, late step-dad, father, big family and church community until I moved to Toronto in 2012. My childhood wasn’t perfect, but it was more than sufficient. My sisters and I didn’t have much in terms of material wealth, but we grew up with enough people who loved us unconditionally, a mom who read to us every night, a dad who worked hard to provide us with food and housing, and lots and lots of play time. I made life long friends in Mississauga who showed me the importance of community, and that family isn’t always about who is blood related.

I fell in love and married my childhood crush, David, seven years ago. We are completely different in many ways. He’s introverted, I am extroverted. He is neat, I am…unorganized. He is mild tempered, I am…passionate. But we agree on the important things: our belief about the meaning of life, our commitment to working towards social justice, and our intense love for our son, Camden. We also share a love for Toronto, and plan to live and raise our family here.

I get really excited about food. I am the kind of person who enjoys reading through cookbooks; gets excited about shopping at a farmer’s market;  plans their trip around where they’re going to eat; and seeks out restaurants serving up delicious fare. I grew up immersed in a diversity of cultures, eating champorado for breakfast, roti and peanut butter for afternoon snack, and Bacalhau on Easter.

Most importantly, I love Jesus. His teachings and life have shaped my values and worldview, and have given me deep meaning and purpose. I heard about Jesus when I was 12, but over the years have deepened my understanding and knowledge of the teachings of Jesus and the Bible as a whole. With greater knowledge and understanding of the message – coupled with the way through which God works lovingly in me and in people around me, everyday – I continue to be deeply compelled, inspired, and hope-filled.

What I do

I moved to Toronto in 2012 to start my graduate degree. I quickly fell in love with the city after moving into our first home, the cutest apartment  on Roncesvalles.  After a year of eating fresh almond croissants from Mables, sipping on cups of coffee from Cherry Bomb, and indulging in small batch ice cream from Chocolateria – I was sold. I became a self-proclaimed “foodie”, food photographer, food Instagrammer – what ever you want to call it. But it’s what sparked the inspiration for this blog, five years ago.

I had a short but insightful year long gig as a social media influencer, where I worked with one of Toronto’s top influencer marketing agencies. I’ve collaborated with nearly 100 clients and maintained an Instagram account that had over 23k subscribers, most of whom live in Toronto. But after some thoughtful consideration about what it takes to maintain the influencer life, I decided it wasn’t for me.

Today I commit most of my working hours to a non-profit organization. I get to work with individuals from all the sectors around a shared vision for social, system-level change, and help build confidence in youth facing barriers.

I have always liked to read and write – and have often been told it’s one of my ‘gifts’. More than anything, I love story telling. When I was in high school, I attempted to (and was successful at) writing a novella about my grandmother’s love life. I have aspirations of writing for my favourite magazine, Sojourners, one day, and maybe even writing a book. But for now, blogging is my medium.